Mayor's Community Update

Date09 June 2020

Hello everyone, 

I hope you are continuing to stay safe and healthy as we move into a new phase in the COVID-19 recovery process. In line with the State Government’s recent announcement regarding phase three of the COVID-19 WA Roadmap, the City of Rockingham was excited to reopen the following facilities on Monday 8 June: 

  • Aqua Jetty – gym, fitness classes and crèche for members only
  • Rockingham Aquatic Centre 50m outdoor pool 
  • Mike Barnett Sports Complex
  • Community Halls/Centres (with the exception of the Coastal Community Centre in Golden Bay).

With works still occurring on the outdoor 50m and indoor 25m pools at the Aqua Jetty, Rockingham Aquatic Centre is being opened temporarily to accommodate Aqua Jetty aquatic membership holders and casual users.

Sport clubs are now able to conduct full contact sport (clubs/groups will need to complete or update their COVID Safety Plans for their use of City facilities). Playgrounds, skate parks and outdoor gym equipment are also available to the community once again. 

The Coastal Community Centre in Golden Bay will reopen on 21 June as we are still in the process of finishing off renovation works that began during the shutdown. A bit further down the track, on Monday 6 July, the Rockingham Arts Centre is scheduled to reopen. 

Gatherings of up to 100 people are now permitted in single undivided spaces, and up to 300 are allowed in venues that have multiple spaces. The health and safety of the community is our top priority, so please continue to bear with us as we ensure we are following the relevant COVID-19 safety requirements while we continue to reopen. 

The changes in phase three also have significant implications for a wide range of businesses. While we continue to return to some sense of normality, I encourage the community to support local businesses where possible as they reopen and begin their recovery. 

The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and Local Government Professionals WA are conducting a state-wide study into community resilience. I urge you to take the time to complete the survey as it is an important opportunity to help understand how our community is coping with the impacts of COVID-19, and where we should prioritise our efforts to help with the response to, and recovery from, those impacts.

The study is being managed by CATALYSE, an independent research company. Individual responses remain private and confidential.  The survey will take 5-7 minutes to complete.

COVID-19 continues to be an evolving situation and the State Government is assessing WA’s progress regularly. As more updates and announcements are made in the weeks ahead, we will continue to keep the community informed of how these changes impact the City. 

Until then, please continue to stay safe and well. 

Barry Sammels
City of Rockingham Mayor

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